Two Of My Favorite Gene Kelly Movies

I’ve been thinking about Gene Kelly lately. There are several reasons for this:

1) I’ve been arguing with my mother about which Gene Kelly movies are the best. She says “Summer Stock” and “Brigadoon”. I say “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Pirate”. She tolerates “Singin’ in the Rain” and she hates “The Pirate”. I call her a cretin.

2) It’s been raining at the Palatial Horvath Estate almost constantly for the past few weeks. Ergo, I have been, um, singing in the rain.  (da-DAH-dum)

3) Gene Kelly was really hot.

I shouldn’t argue with my mother too much about Gene though, because she’s the reason I developed a lifelong love for the man at the tender age of 14 or so. This was about the same time she introduced me to the old Harlequin romances. Mom might be misguided at times, but she does have good taste when she chooses to apply it.

I think I love almost all of Gene Kelly’s movies. There were a few unfortunate choices in there, but even a movie like “It’s Always Fair Weather” features magnificent dancing. For example, that movie has Gene dancing with a trash can lid on his foot and, later, tapdancing in roller skates. Roller skates, people!

Because I have a blog and my mother does not, I thought I would share two of my favorite Gene Kelly dance routines from two of my favorite Gene Kelly movies.

First, “The Pirate Ballet” from the movie “The Pirate”. In this movie, Gene plays a wandering actor named Serafin who impersonates the ruthless pirate Mack The Black Macoco to impress a beautiful girl (Judy Garland). The ballet is her fantasy of Serafin at his most dangerous, with dancing of breathtaking athleticism. Plus, Gene wears tiny shorts.

(PS – this clip includes the scene leading into the ballet.  The ballet itself really gets underway about about the 4 minute mark)

(PPS – the title the person gave this clip when they loaded it on YouTube made me laugh)

 

 

Next, “Moses Supposes” from “Singin’ In the Rain”. In this movie, Gene Kelly is a silent film actor trying to make the transition to talkies. I went with this routine rather than the more famous “Singin’ in the Rain” one, because I absolutely love Gene’s dancing. Donald O’Connor’s no slouch either. By the way, if you’ve never seen “Singin’ in the Rain”, it’s very funny and well worth the watch (uncut and without commercials, of course).

 

 

So there you go! Two of my favorite dance routines from two of my favorite Gene Kelly movies. And now I just want to DAHNCE!

 

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  1. Who can forget Gene and Jerry the Mouse? Cannot wait to see the digital remaster of “Singing in the Rain” next month….

    • Betsy Horvath says:

      @Laryn: Well, yes. I dearly love “Anchors Aweigh” as well. I was just trying to keep it to only two movies – and that’s hard when it comes to Gene! I wonder if they’ll make Singin’ In The Rain 3D… “It’s like he KICKED me!” LOL

  2. DebraGene says:

    My three favs are Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris, and The Pirate. Love anything with Gene Kelly dancing, but if I have to pick 3 those are my 3. I just watched The Pirate again last night — so ahead of it’s time, so charming, so joyful.

    • Betsy Horvath says:

      @DebraGene: Oh, finally! Somebody who appreciates my love for The Pirate! You’re right – it was just so far ahead of its time. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy that movie. And I love An American In Paris too – after I saw it for the first time, I kept trying to dance on my tip-toes like Leslie Caron in the ballet sequence. LOL And Gene singing “I Got Rhythm” has to be one of the highlights of all musicals. 😀

  3. That would be awsome. Water could be coming the viewers way when he’s dancing in the street. And for some odd reason, I have 2 copies of “American in Paris” on dvd. go figure

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